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May 2017 - Global News

South Africa New Vehicle Sales Drop in April

Nearly all new vehicle sales for every segment in South America deteriorated sharply during April 2017, with the exception of medium commercial vehicles.

Tags: New Vehicle Sales, South Africa, Global

May 2017 - Global News

Kia Launches Diesel Soul in South Africa

The second-generation Kia Soul is now available in South Africa, which features a new turbo diesel-powered entry-level model in addition to several design updates.

Tags: Diesel Engines, South Africa, Global, Kia Soul

April 2017 - Global News

South Africa Telematics Market Posts 12% Growth Rate

South Africa's fleet telematics market showed growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, with active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets reaching an estimated 1.1 million.

Tags: Telematics, South Africa, Global

April 2017 - Global News

Volkswagen in Talks About Starting Vehicle Production in Rwanda

Volkswagen South Africa is in talks with Rwanda to open a joint-venture assembly plant with the Rwandan government in the country. VW could start vehicle assembly in Rwanda by the end of 2017.

Tags: Volkswagen, Kenya, Joint Venture, Global, Rwanda

March 2017 - Global News

Opel Astra Named 2017 Car of the Year in South Africa

The Astra is one of the bestselling models in the Opel portfolio and has been ordered around 400,000 times since its market launch in 2015.

Tags: South Africa, Global, Opel

March 2017 - Global News

Nissan to Expand Pickup Brand in South Africa

With the introduction of the all-new Navara, Nissan will offer a range of pickups that starts with the sub-one ton NP200, includes a wide range of NP300 Hardbody models and the Nissan Patrol Pickup.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Medium-Duty Trucks, South Africa, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Volkswagen Most Hijacked OEM in South Africa

Vehicle tracking company Ctrack has released its hijacking and crime statistics, detailing which passenger vehicles, SUVs, trucks and vehicle manufacturers are being targeted by criminals in South Africa.

Tags: Volkswagen, Vehicle Theft, South Africa, Global, Toyota

February 2017 - Global News

South Africa Fuel Price Increase Impacting Fleet Operating Costs

Fuel prices in South Africa have increased due to the poor Rand/Dollar exchange rate and the higher price of crude oil based on an agreement by OPEC members to slash crude oil production.

Tags: Fuel Prices, South Africa, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Isuzu Stays Top-Selling Commercial Truck OEM in South Africa

Isuzu Truck South Africa (ITSA) held onto its No. 1 position in South Africa in 2016 for the fourth consecutive year and ended with a 14.6% market share from the total park of 3,952 units.

Tags: Isuzu, Global, South Africa, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: Fleet Market Conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa is largest market of commercial vehicles in Africa. The corporate fleet market in South Africa is estimated at 1.2 million vehicles. New vehicle sales in the next two largest markets -- Nigeria and Kenya -- have collapsed due to sluggish economies and depressed prices for commodities.

Tags: Kenya, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Global

January 2017 - Global News

Renault Trucks Constructing Algeria Plant

Renault Trucks has commenced construction of an assembly plant in Meftah, Algeria, where it will assemble C and K range vehicles for the local market.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Joint Venture, Algeria, Renault Trucks

January 2017 - Global News

Currency Depreciation, Recession Cause Steep Decline in Nigerian Auto Sales

The sale of vehicles in Nigeria declined from 600,000 in 2015 to 350,000 in 2016, according to the Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Tags: Nigeria, Currency, Vehicle Sales

January 2017 - Global News

VW Plans Integrated Mobility Concept in Rwanda

Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Rwanda for the implementation of an integrated mobility concept.

Tags: Sustainability, Volkswagen, Mobility, Rwanda

December 2016 - Global News

South African Fleet Telematics Is in Growth Period

The number of fleet management telematics systems in active use in South Africa is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8% from 900,000 units in 2015 to 1.5 million by 2020.

Tags: South Africa, MiX Telematics, Berg Insight

December 2016 - Global News

PSA Group to Produce, Sell Pickup in Tunisia

PSA Group and STAFIM, Peugeot’s long-term partner in Tunisia, today signed a letter of intent to assemble and sell a Peugeot brand pickup truck in Tunisia.

Tags: Peugeot, Tunisia, PSA Group

November 2016 - Global News

VW and SOVAC to Build Vehicles in Algeria

The Volkswagen Group has signed a contract for vehicle assembly in Algeria in a joint venture with SOVAC S.P.A. Production is slated to begin in the spring of 2017.

Tags: Volkswagen, Algeria, Skoda, SEAT

November 2016 - Global News

South Africa Fleets Look to Clean up Diesel Emissions

Nearly 8,000 diesel vehicles were tested for dark smoke emissions in a 12-month period, with 68 failures and fines issued totaling just under R30,000 (US$2,080), the City of Cape Town, according to a report by ENCA.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Diesel Emissions, South Africa

October 2016 - Global News

Cameroon Taxi Industry Installs Telematics to Improve Safety

The agreement is one of the country’s first steps towards implementing tracking legislation in the taxi industry.

Tags: Cameroon, Novatel Wireless, Cloud-Based Technology, Vehicle Tracking, Taxi Fleets

October 2016 - Global News

Renault-Nissan Alliance to Provide EV Fleet During UN Conference in Morocco

The Alliance's zero-emissions fleet for COP22 will be available to shuttle delegates 24 hours, seven days a week to key venues at the conference.

Tags: Renault-Nissan Alliance, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Morocco, COP22

September 2016 - Global News

Nigeria to Enforce Speed Limiting Technology

All Nigerian cars must have speed limiting devices installed by Oct. 1. Enforcement of the policy will start with commercial vehicles and fleet operators because they carry more passengers, according to the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission.

Tags: Speed Limiter, Nigeria, Active Safety Systems

September 2016 - Global News

Lesotho Fleet Tender Ends in Bribery Accusations

Three youth leaders of Lesotho’s ruling Democratic Congress (DC) and a Lesotho-based fleet management company have accused the country’s finance minister of soliciting a R4 million bribe for a major government contract.

Tags: Court Case, Lesotho

August 2016 - Global News

AGC to Establish Automotive Glass Production in Morocco

AGC Asahi Glass announced that AGC Automotive Europe has reached a basic agreement with Induver Holding, a glass manufacturer in Morocco, to set up a joint venture for manufacturing automotive glass.

Tags: North Africa, Morocco, AGC Asahi Glass

August 2016 - Global News

TomTom City Adds South African and Other Global Cities

TomTom has announced that TomTom City – a traffic portal that provides live traffic and travel information – has now been extended to 50 global cities, including two in South Africa.

Tags: TomTom, South Africa, Traffic

July 2016 - Global News

MiX Telematics Named 2016 South African Company of the Year

Based on recent analysis of the telematics market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized MiX Telematics as the recipient of the 2016 South African Company of the Year Award.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, South Africa, MiX Telematics

June 2016 - Global News

Ford Unveils Pilot Mobility Program in South Africa

A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, South Africa, Nigeria

June 2016 - Global News

Kia Invests in Mechanic Training in Ethiopia, Kenya

Each site will employ residents from the local community and enable trainee mechanics to work toward national qualifications in their countries and feed into a new internship program at Kia's Kenyan distributor operation.

Tags: Technician Training, Kia, Kenya, Ethiopia

May 2016 - Global News

Uber Kenya Partners on Affordable Vehicle Program

Uber Kenya and Sidian Bank have announced that they have partnered to launch an Uber Vehicle Solutions Programme that will give driver-partners and business investors convenient and affordable access to the quality vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Financing, Kenya, Uber

May 2016 - Global News

Telematics Offered to Businesses Across Africa

Novatel Wireless, Inc. and Mobile Telephone Network Group have announced a partnership agreement to offer Ctrack telematics solutions and services to MTN’s IoT customer base across Africa.

Tags: Africa, Internet of Things, Novatel

May 2016 - Global News

Kenyan Construction Boom Fuels GM Truck Growth

A construction boom in Kenya has fueled a rise in commercial truck sales for General Motors, which is investing $7.9 million in 2016 to upgrade its assembly plant in Nairobi and more than double output.

Tags: Commercial Trucks, Kenya, General Motors, East Africa

April 2016 - Global News

Orbcomm Inc. to Acquire South Africa's Skygistics

Orbcomm Inc., a global provider of machine-to-machine and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced it will acquire Skygistics Ltd. and its South African and Australian subsidiaries.

Tags: South Africa, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

April 2016 - Global News

Ford Invests $170M in South Africa SUV Production

The Ford Motor Company is investing R2.5-billion (US$170 million) to expand operations in South Africa at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the all-new Ford Everest, along with the new Ford Ranger that was launched at the end of last year.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, South Africa

April 2016 - Global News

South African Equity Firm Acquires Elite Truck Hire

The equity firm invested R450 million ($30.6 million) to gain 100% ownership stakes in the two companies.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, South Africa, Truck Rental

March 2016 - Global News

Uber Launches in Kenya and Nigeria

Uber has launched its service in the countries of Kenya and Nigeria, joining the list of smart hubs popping up throughout Africa.

Tags: Kenya, Nigeria, Uber, Ride Hailing

March 2016 - Global News

South Africa Aims to Improve Road Safety

The South Africa Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020.

Tags: South Africa, United Nations, Safety

March 2016 - Global News

FUSO Production Commences in Africa

Daimler Trucks Asia and its Kenyan partners Simba Colt and Associated Vehicles Assemblers (AVA) have started production of the new FUSO range at the AVA assembly plant in Mombasa, Kenya.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Kenya, Vehicle Production

March 2016 - Global News

South Africa's Fleet Market Shows Signs of Growth

The South Africa fleet management sector is a highly competitive sector. While only comprising 11% of the entire vehicle population of 11.5 million vehicles, approximately 70% of all new cars purchased are for the corporate market.

Tags: Leasing, Fleet Management, South Africa

February 2016 - Global News

FleetAfrica Awarded 5-Year Contract for Waste Removal Trucks

South Africa-headquartered FleetAfrica was recently awarded a five-year contract for the provision of waste removal trucks by the Mogale City Municipality, South Africa.

Tags: UD Trucks, South Africa, FleetAfrica, Refuse Fleets

February 2016 - Global News

Daimler Opens CV Regional Centers in Africa

Daimler Trucks is driving on with the continued regionalization of its sales and service organization for important emerging markets with two regional centers designed to serve Africa.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Africa, Daimler Trucks North America

February 2016 - Global News

Ghana CV Operators Show Ire Over Insurance Premiums

Ghana’s Ministry of Transport said it will meet stakeholders to resolve agitations by angry commercial vehicle operators over increases in insurance premiums.

Tags: Ghana, Insurance Premiums, Commercial Vehicles

January 2016 - Global News

Ashok Leyland to Supply 680 Vehicles to Zimbabwe

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Ltd has received a $50 million order for vehicles and spare parts from the Government of Zimbabwe.

Tags: Government Fleets, Zimbabwe, Ashok Leyland, Ivory Coast

January 2016 - Global News

Carmaker Establishes Sustainable Vehicle Lab in Morocco

As part of its Open Innovation strategy and in line with its commitment to staying on the leading edge of automotive research, PSA Peugeot Citroën is strengthening its ties with top post-graduate schools and universities by creating an OpenLab in Africa.

Tags: Sustainability, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Morocco

January 2016 - Global News

JAC Signs Deal to Open Light-Duty Truck Plant in Algeria

In early January, representatives of China-based JAC and the Algerian government signed an agreement that will establish a light-duty truck KD plant in the African country.

Tags: Light-Duty Trucks, JAC, Algeria

January 2016 - Global News

Uganda Capital Requires Commercial Vehicle Operating Fee

Depending on how heavy the vehicle is and how many seats it has, drivers will be charged between sh40,000 (US$11.72) and 52,000 (US$15.24) each per month.

Tags: taxes, Uganda, Fines

January 2016 - Global News

South African Telematics Installations to Reach 1.5M by 2020

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2020.

Tags: South Africa, MiX Telematics, DigiCore, Research

December 2015 - Global News

Passenger Car Segment Dominates Ethiopia Tire Market

According to the TechSci Research report, "Ethiopia Tyre Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020," the passenger car segment is expected to continue its dominance in the country's tire market through 2020.

Tags: Tires, Politics, Ethiopia

December 2015 - Global News

Algerian Logistics Company Takes Delivery of 159 Trucks

Renault Trucks Algeria has presented the keys of 94 vehicles to Béjaïa Logistique, a provider in the transport and goods handling sector. An additional delivery of 65 vehicles is planned for January 2016, making a total of 159 vehicles from the new range.

Tags: Logistics, Algeria, Renault Trucks

December 2015 - Global News

Ivory Coast to Import $200M in Vehicles

India-based commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland will export 3,600 buses and trucks worth $200 million to Cote D’Ivore over the next year.

Tags: Ashok Leyland, Ivory Coast, Vehicle Exports

November 2015 - Global News

Sierra Leone Ambulance Fleet Yet to Return to Normal Service

Despite being declared Ebola free in early November, Sierra Leone's ambulance fleet has yet return to normal medical service.

Tags: Ambulances, Ebola Outbreak, Sierra Leone

November 2015 - Global News

Isuzu Vehicles to Come Out of Nigerian Dealer in 2016

Isuzu’s Nigerian dealer, Koncept Autocentre Limited, has said that it will begin the assembly of Isuzu vehicles starting in Q2 2016.

Tags: Isuzu, Nigeria, Africa

November 2015 - Global News

Next-Generation BMW X3 to be Built in South Africa

The BMW Group reaffirmed its long-term commitment to South Africa by announcing that it will invest a total of R6bn (US$420 million) at its Rosslyn Plant in Pretoria in the coming years.

Tags: BMW, South Africa, BMW X3

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